【Exhibition Plus · Lecture】Fragments Thinking and Social Concern: Changes of Collage Medium in Contemporary Art
Apr 18, 2015 Saturday 19:30 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
The lecture will talk about the art of Mark Bradford and the development of collage as a medium of creation in the past century. When it comes to collage, there are two kinds of techniques. The first is to chop up something that is complete and regroup the pieces. We can find its employment in cubist art that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. The second is to piece together the parts of real objects. Because real objects replace abstract ones as the materials, works created with this technique carry information of our daily life. In collage, the pure art in modernism was substituted by social concern in art creation. Fragment thinking is one of the main thinking methods of postmodernist thoughts emerging after 1970s. It is widely used in feminism, post-structuralism, deconstructionism and later-stage psycho-analysis theory. The main features of fragment thinking are the coexistence of conflicts and tolerance, which coincide with the characteristics of the key words of recent years’ internet language: relativity and conflicting.
Fan Xiaoming is a retired professor from the Advanced School of Art and Humanities, China Academy of Art. In recent decade, she has been studying the systems of western contemporary art. She has done in-depth research on non-museum art form and is one of top scholars that study the systems of western contemporary art in China.
Free admission, reservation is required.